Monday 11 December 2017

13 killed in Libya militia attack

Protesters march during a demonstration calling on militiamen to leave, in Tripoli
Protesters march during a demonstration calling on militiamen to leave, in Tripoli

Libya's state news agency said 13 people have been killed and 130 wounded in a militia attack on peaceful protesters in the country's capital, Tripoli.

The LANA news agency quoted officials at two local hospitals who offered the casualty figures.

The attack came when thousands marched from a Tripoli mosque to the headquarters of a militia, demanding it and other militias be disbanded.

Footage aired on the privately owned al-Nabaa television network showed protesters running from gunfire while carrying others covered in blood.

Libya's heavily armed militias, many made up of rebels who fought against former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, have proliferated since the 2011 civil war.

Since then, they have grown uncontrollable and have undermined successive transitional governments.

Press Association

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